Notes from a rare planet: Biodiversity is good for human health and disease prevention

A healthy argument for biodiversity

  • West Nile virus, for example, is carried by mosquitos. Infected mosquitos bite birds, the virus multiplies within the bird, resulting in a higher virus load, more infected mosqitos and eventually, more infected people. Several studies in the US have shown that when the diversity of bird species is high, the risk of humans being infected is relatively low – perhaps, again, because mosquitos are busy pumping their viral load into birds where the virus will not multiply.”

Life as we know it just changed

  • “NASA has discovered a completely new life form that doesn’t share the biological building blocks ofanything currently living in planet Earth. This changes everything. “
  • “All life on Earth is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. Every being, from the smallest amoeba to the largest whale, share the same life stream. Our DNA blocks are all the same.”
  • Not anymore. A bacteria made of arsenic bas been found.

Rwanda expects to reach its goal of 30% forest cover in three years, earlier than expected

  • Rwanda’s tree cover fell as low as 10%. The government responded by planting 116 million trees.

Green Roofs are Starting To Sprout in American Cities (green roofs offer some major environmental & economic benefits)

  • Green roofs reduce storm water runoff, lower heating and cooling costs and aren’t toxic like typical black-top roofs.

Residents of Abaco Island in The Bahamas love their Size Matters t-shirts. You would too (photo)